European shares led higher by Italy banks, miners
* FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.3 pct
* Italian banks outperform on hopes of a state plan
* Nestle lower as shares go ex dividend
* SAP recovers after mixed update (ADVISORY- Reuters plans to replace intra-day European and UK stock market reports with a Live Markets blog on Eikon (see cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets for site in development)
By Danilo Masoni and Alistair Smout
MILAN/LONDON, April 11 (Reuters) - European shares rose on Monday, reversing earlier losses thanks in part to gains in Italian banks and mining stocks.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 0.3 percent at 1,308.14 points by the close, after advancing 1.2 percent in the previous session. In spite of the gains the index is down almost 9 percent so far this year.
The Italian banking sector index rose sharply for a second straight session on hopes the Rome government will soon thrash out a plan to set up a state-backed fund to buy bad loans and plug capital shortfalls.
"(There) seems to be a reaction to central bank news surrounding the creation of a recapitalisation fund in Italy to shore up the banks," said James Helliwell, Head of Markets, Lex van Dam Trading Academy. Continuación...